Four Reasons Why you Need a Modern File System for Media Workflows

by Nov 21, 2019CMMA Blog, High Performance Shared Storage, Media & Entertainment, StorNext, Workflow Storage0 comments

In media and entertainment, it’s often
difficult to meet even the basic requirements for data storage. You need to
ingest content quickly, provide fast access to that content, facilitate
collaboration, and cost-effectively preserve and protect content over the long

But as viewing habits are changing, and the creative process
continues to evolve, meeting the escalating requirements for storage is
becoming more difficult than ever before. You need greater performance and
flexibility to handle 4K and higher-resolution content from a growing number of
sources. You also need to balance this with capacity and cost.  And last but not least, somehow streamline
management of an increasingly complex storage environment.

Within the technology ecosystem of a modern storage
implementation, there are a number of crucial aspects at play influencing the
dynamic interplay of performance, capacity, management and cost. Chief among
these is the file system.  So, let’s take
a quick look at four key areas where a modern file system can really make a
difference to your overall workflow efficiency.


It wasn’t long ago that organizations could make do with storage
performance that was “just good enough.” However, as the industry has moved to
higher-resolution formats, much more performance is required for real-time editing,
color grading, transcoding, and other tasks.

This is where the right file system substantially improve the performance
of the underlying storage hardware – no matter if its composed of solid-state
drives (SSDs), hard-disk drives, or any combination of the two.  For example, a file system that separates user
data and metadata operations—and runs those operations in parallel—enables both
tasks to complete faster while helping ensure data transfer is unimpeded. In
addition, a file system that slices logical unit numbers (LUNs) and enables the
creation of stripe groups can help better match high-performance workloads to
high-performance storage.

enhance the efficiency of workflows and facilitate collaboration among team
members, storage solutions must enable simple, flexible access to content. By
creating a single, global namespace, a modern file system can give team members
direct access to files, images, and other content at high speed—no matter where
users are located.

The right file system will also support several types of storage
systems and connectivity options. This means that the file system should
natively support shared storage area network (SAN) environments with Fibre
Channel connections as well as scale-out network-attached storage (NAS)
environments over Ethernet. Such flexibility for different storage types and
connectivity provides organizations the capability to architect the most ideal
infrastructure for their specific use case. 
And as most organizations will need to expand and grow as their business
becomes more successful, they have the option to migrate to a different
topology as future needs dictate. 

Optimization of Storage Resources

How can you effectively balance performance, capacity, and cost for
your storage environment? One tried and true method is to architect a
multi-tier environment that seamlessly integrates multiple types of storage; from Tier 0 flash-based storage through object-based systems, data tape
archives, and cloud archives.  This kind
of structure allows for the hottest data to be placed on the fastest storage
pools, while cold or less frequently accessed data can be placed on capacity
optimized storage pools. 

Another crucial functionality is that the data
movement must be automated so it flows seamlessly across those storage tiers.  Ultimately this translates into the ability to
keep current, time-sensitive projects on high-performance arrays while moving older,
less-frequently accessed content to cost-effective media and large-capacity

Streamlined Management

Very few media organizations have large, dedicated administrative
teams to handle storage. As storage environments grow in size and complexity, organizations
need ways to simplify management so their IT teams can more easily meet the
requirements of their users. The right file system will streamline
administration by offering an array of capabilities—from remote management
options to analytics tools. This means an entire multi-tier environment can be
managed with a small staff or even a single person.

Move forward with StorNext So as you can see, there are a handful of exceptionally good reasons why investing in a storage infrastructure powered by an industry leading file system could really make a large impact on your business. To learn more how StorNext can deliver the performance, flexibility, balance, and streamlined management I just described, download the new eBook, “Modern File System Functionality That Can Supercharge Your Media Workflows. “

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